Phill Featherstone

Award-winning Literary Fiction Author


About Phill Featherstone

Phill Featherstone came late to writing fiction. He was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, England, not far from the home of the Brontë sisters. He worked as an educator before founding a company publishing educational materials, which won the coveted Education Publisher of the Year Award in 2007. The following year he sold the company, and it was then that he at last found the time to fulfil his long-cherished ambition to write novels.

He began with two stories, a starter and a sequel, which were well reviewed by established writers and declared ‘publishable’, but he decided that they were too much like other things around at the time and put them aside. They still doze in a corner of his cloud account and may yet see the light of day.

In 2015 he wrote Paradise Girl, which came out in 2017. He agonised long over going down the agent route, but in the end decided to self publish through his own imprint, Opitus Books. Paradise Girl is the opening book in the REBOOT trilogy, which tells the story of a worldwide pandemic seen through the eyes of brother and sister twins. It follows the origins of the outbreak, the attempts of unscrupulous politicians and organisations to profit from the chaos, and the efforts of a group of (mostly) young people to prevent them. The second book in the series, Aftershocks, appeared in 2019 and the last, Jericho Rose, in May 2020 – right in the middle of the first UK lockdown!

Phill is proud that Paradise Girl and Aftershocks have been awarded Indie B.R.A.G. Medallions. Both were also Wishing Shelf Award Finalists. Jericho Rose is a Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon Winner. All three have Chill With a Book Awards, and Paradise Girl was Chill Book of the Month.

In between these Phill wrote The God Jar, which was published in 2019. It’s based partly in the present day and partly in Tudor times, and tells the story of a talismanic object with mysterious powers which in 1588 affects the course of history and resurfaces today with staggering results. The God Jar too has an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion and was a Wishing Shelf Awards Finalist.

Phill’s latest novel, What Dreams We Had, was published in May 2021, and concerns a group of teenagers who accept the offer of a free holiday in Italy only to find when they get there that everything is not as it seems.

Phill has also written Undiscovered Countries, a collection of short stories, currently exclusive to subscribers to his email list. He has a Masters in Education and is co-author of several books on education, published by Bloomsbury. He is a member of The Society of Authors, The Alliance of Independent Authors, Promoting Yorkshire Authors, and The British Library.